Lismore identity Big Rob has been referred to mediation with a woman he allegedly assaulted and intimidated. The matter was his second for the day, having earlier appeared in Lismore Local Court in relation to an apprehended personal violence order being sought by Lismore’s mayor Isaac Smith.
The 45 year-old 2016 Lismore mayoral candidate was arrested on November 25 by Lismore Detectives, days after an alleged incident involving Leanne Matthews at a Lismore restaurant on November 22.
Police allege Mr Rob, formerly known as Robert Bou Hamdan, had a disagreement with Ms Matthews and subsequently assaulted her.
Following the alleged incident, Ms Matthews told police she found comments by Mr Rob on Facebook that she found to be intimidating, harassing and menacing.
Mr Rob was charged with assault, intimidation and using a carriage service to menace/harass/offend.
On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Magistrate David Heilpern referred Mr Rob and Ms Matthews to mediation, to see if they can resolve their differences out of court.
Mr Heilpern adjourned the case until March 28 for mention.
In another matter, Big Rob described an apprehended personal violence order brought against him by Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith as an ‘attempt to discredit me’.
Cr Smith was accompanied by his wife Denise when he appeared at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday in his bid to secure the order.
His appearance in court followed discussions with Richmond Local Area Command police about how he could stop Mr Rob’s alleged online harassment of himself and his family.
Mr Rob requested the matter be transferred to Coffs Harbour due to previous issues he has had with local Magistrates, but Magistrate David Heilpern agreed to preside over the matter.
Currently there is no court order in place, as Mr Rob opposed Cr Smith’s request for the apprehended personal violence order APVO.
Mr Heilpern adjourned the matter until March 10 for hearing, when Cr Smith must prove to the court that the APVO is justified.
Outside the court after the proceedings, Cr Smith told NBN he was concerned for the safety of he and his family.
‘I’m very glad the court is taking this issue seriously,’ Cr Smith said.
Mr Rob told NBN he was sent a photo online of Cr Smith’s Mayoral car outside his house and did not take the photo himself.
‘It’s just another one of his attempts to try and discredit me,’ Mr Rob said.